- shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
- Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
- Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
Origin of cruciate
Examples from the Web for cruciate
Each pileated piece of the skeleton has four equal, cruciate, triangular meshes.
Cruciato-complicatus: folded crosswise: incumbent wings when the inner margins overlap; not well distinguished from cruciate.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
It may even slip past the condyle and into the intercondyloid notch, and come to lie against the cruciate ligaments.
- shaped or arranged like a crosscruciate petals
- short for cruciate ligament
- (as modifier)cruciate problems
Word Origin and History for cruciate
"cross-shaped," from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "cross" (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning "tormented" is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux.
- Having the form of a cross, as in certain ligaments of the knee.
- Arranged in or forming a cross, as for a bandage.
- Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.